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‘Lazy’ Employees Can Fix Your Social Woes, Says Yammer CTO

By Brad Chacos

If your organization’s social media initiatives have fizzled more than fostered debate, don’t despair: yours isn’t the only one. Social media has taken the mainstream by storm, but its adoption in the business world has been more uneven. Why is the road to better internal discussion often so rocky?

Adam Pisoni, Yammer CTO

Adam Pisoni, Yammer CTOYammer is a freemium enterprise social networking tool with 5 million users across 200,000 companies, and a $1.2 billion sale to Microsoft under its belt. Company co-founder and CTO Adam Pisoni says that all-too-frequent communication issues stem from the predictable, hierarchical mindset found in many businesses. The solution lies in listening to “lazy” employees, he says–and applying “bring your own device” (BYOD) principles to software as well as hardware.

“I was speaking to a very senior IT leader at a large Fortune 500 company, and she was telling me that they had spent a lot of money on a content management system for their employees,” Pisoni told me in a telephone interview. “They had this large, complex, difficult to use CMS, and for some reason, her employees were ‘too lazy’ to use it, and instead they were bringing in their own tools.

“I couldn’t help but be struck that this seemed totally backwards. She was saying that because her employees wouldn’t use this byzantine thing that wouldn’t work very well, they must be lazy. And I was thinking that the reason they weren’t using it is not because they’re lazy, but because they’re essentially trying to innovate” and work around artificial limitations imposed by officially sanctioned social media tools.  Read More

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